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Just Enough

The History, Culture and Politics of Sufficiency

Editors: Ingleby, Matthew, Randalls, Samuel (Eds.)

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  • Explores concepts of enough and sufficiency historically and culturally.
  • Focuses on topics from medieval sufficiency to contemporary austerity that all cohere around their engagement with the concept of enough.
  • Challenges contemporary debates on sustainability to think critically about concepts such as enough and sufficiency.
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This book fosters a wide-ranging and nuanced discussion of the concept of ‘enough’. Acknowledging the prominence of notions of sufficiency in debates about sustainability, it argues for a more complex, culturally and historically informed understanding of how these might be manifested across a wide array of contexts. Rather than simply adding further case studies of sufficiency in order to prove the efficacy of what might be called ‘finite planet economics’, the book holds up to the light a crucial ‘keyword’ within the sustainability discourse, tracing its origins and anatomising its current repertoire of usages. Chapters focus on the sufficiency of food, drink and clothing to track the concept of 'enough' from the Middle Ages to the 21st century.
By expanding the historical and cultural scope of sufficiency, this book fills a significant gap in the current market for authors, students and the wider informed audience who want to more deeply understand the changing and developing use of this term.

About the authors

Matthew Ingleby is a Lecturer in Victorian Literature at Queen Mary, University of London. His previous published works include G.K. Chesterton, London and Modernity (Bloomsbury 2013), Bloomsbury: Beyond the Establishment (British Library Publishing, 2017) and the upcoming Coastal Cultures of the Long Nineteenth Century (Edinburgh University Press, 2018). His research focuses on the cultural meditation of urban and coastal space in the nineteenth century. 
Samuel Randalls is a Lecturer in Human Geography at University College London and has previously co-edited a four-volume reader on Future Climate Change (Routledge, 2012) and the Handbook of the Political Economy of Science (Routledge, 2017). His research focuses on the historical, contemporary and future relationships between environments, businesses/economics and science.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $54.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-56210-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $69.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-56209-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Just Enough
Book Subtitle
The History, Culture and Politics of Sufficiency
Editors
  • Matthew Ingleby
  • Samuel Randalls
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-56210-4
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-56210-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-56209-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 137
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